Fox Information medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel ripped the media on Tuesday for working a “misinformation marketing campaign” and holding President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump to completely different requirements for his or her dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.
On “Fox & Buddies,” Siegel argued that the media has taken an method of trying the opposite manner and congratulating Biden, whereas Trump was persistently knocked for a COVID response that the Biden administration seems to be constructing off of, fairly than reinventing.
“I’ve seen an enormous change. … With President Trump, it was all of a sudden like he was the ‘doctor in chief’ and every little thing he stated was held to a medical customary,” Siegel stated.
“Now the reverse is true, the president [Biden] is just not held to a medical customary in any respect, which he shouldn’t be, however once more there’s a misinformation marketing campaign going out.”
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Siegel stated that the issue with the media is that they’ve proven extra curiosity in politicizing the virus and obscuring well being messaging than speaking about new essential data the general public wants, similar to clear, easy tips on what to do after receiving the vaccine or steps wanted to reopen colleges.
“Once you see politicians overcoming public well being officers or getting the general public officers, like the top of the CDC or Dr. Fauci, to alter their factors of view based mostly on politics, the general public doesn’t have the boldness it wants,” he added.
Siegel added that the media largely hasn’t lined essential revelations regarding the virus, similar to a discount in circumstances by 77% over the previous six weeks and up to date data suggesting that the South African variant is probably not as harmful as initially reported.
“It is nearly as if [Democrats] are utilizing the pandemic to advance a political agenda, fairly than responding to the pandemic scientifically, which is what they promised they might do,” he stated.
White Home chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci reversed final week his earlier rejection of claims that the Biden administration was “ranging from scratch” with the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.
It got here after Vice President Kamala Harris revived the declare throughout an interview with Axios.
“There was no stockpile … of vaccines,” Harris instructed Axios co-founder Mike Allen. “There was no nationwide technique or plan for vaccinations. We had been leaving it to the states and native leaders to try to determine it out. And so in some ways, we’re ranging from scratch on one thing that is been raging for nearly a complete yr!”
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Regardless of contradicting his personal remarks from final month, Fauci not solely defended the vice chairman but additionally knocked the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout when he was requested about her feedback final week.
“What I feel the vice chairman is referring to is, the precise plan of getting the vaccine doses into individuals’s arms was actually fairly obscure. I imply, it was not a well-coordinated plan,” Fauci instructed CNN.
Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.